Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 Essay

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Character Description
Guy: He is a character who is blindly doing what the world is doing around him without thinking. From the inside he is different, he has a sympathetic and curious side in him, hidden somewhere. He is just like any firemen with an unshaven bluish looks even after he shaves, and with blackness of the ashes in his hands and face. After his encounter with clarisse, he starts to think and wonder unitentionally. He starts to question his career and the reason behind burning books. There must be something important in those books otherwise they wouldn’t be being burned. He realizes that his life is nothing but fire and burning books, that his life is empty and gloomy. He has taken a step towards unlocking the mystery behind burning books and his dour life.
Mildred: She is the wife of Guy Montag. She is a very ambiguous character, full of suspicion. Her physical appearance is very insignificant “Her face was like a snow covered island upon which rain might fall (9) She is obviously obsessed with T.V in a way people are addicted to drugs. She uses to keep her from thinking about her life and the reality of it. She clearly tried to commit suicide, but she refuses it. This attempt shows that she is not happy with her life and want to get rid of it. She doesn’t want to develop a relation with her husband, and she doesn’t want to have kids. Basically she is in denial of her own life and actions, as a result she is not realizing that her actions are not right. Mildred is like an evil stoner who sits in her house all day.

Beatty: He is a very clever character. He hates books and wants to burn them, but it seems like as if he secretly reads books. He is a big guy with very pink tone of color to his face. During the first part of the book, the firemen got called for an emergency at the old woman's house for books. If read carefully you will notice another side of Beatty’s character. When Beatty talks to the old woman he references a little from the Bible, “You’ve been locked up here for years with a regular damned Tower of Babel,”(24). It seems like he use to read in the past before the book burning started. Beatty also tries to control Guy’s mind from his experience as a fire captain, but he can never remove the mark that Clarisse has left on Guy about books.
Faber: He is really old, but with a lot of experience. Faber knows literature pretty well, because he has been an english professor. Faber was on Montag’s list for investigation, but he never got investigated luckily. He also has some books that have been eradicated. He plays a big role in getting Montag to achieve his plan, which is to get the firemen’s houses burned. He is Montag’s second mentor after Beatty. Faber’s appearance described in the novel is as if he hasn’t been outside of his house in years. “There was white in the flesh of his mouth and his cheeks and his hair was white and his eyes had faded, with white in the vague blueness there.” (48)
Clarisse: She is...

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